Couple questions about upgrading my video card...

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  1. Spurious

    Spurious New Member

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    I'll try to keep this as short as possible... I'm not a heavy gamer, but I would like to be able to play newer games with reasonable settings. My current specs are as follows...

    HP A15010N
    ASUSTek NAGAMI2 Motherboard (NVIDIA GeForce 6150/nForce 410/430 MCP)
    300W PSU
    AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (Venice)
    1.5GB DDR PC3200 Dual Channel (2x512/2x256)
    ATI x600 All-In-Wonder
    2x SATA Harddrives (200GB/160GB)
    DVD +/- RW Drive

    I've ordered this card (Was a super good deal and was time sensitive, so I bit.)...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814121031

    My questions are as follows...
    1. Was this a worthwhile upgrade?
    2. (a) Will I have enough power to run it?
    2. (b) If not, is it possible for me to use a 2nd PSU(300W) (off to the side, jerry-rigged) just for the card?
     
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    1. Yeah it is a pretty good step up.
    2a. Depends on the brand of PSU and it's amperage rating. You probably will be ok since I am running about the same rig on a 300w Sparkle except for IDE HDDs and a 7900GT. If you dont have a 6-pin pci-e power connector you are going to have to use the 6-pin to 2 molex y connector to make it run and you may need to pick up some molex splitters if you dont have enough connectors.

    2b. That would just be retarded. :hs:
     
  3. Spurious

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    Thanks for the response.

    Yeah, I used the power supply calculator on some site and my system came out to be 280W. I have enough molex connectors so maybe that's a good sign going on the theory that they wouldn't add more connectors than it could support.

    I'll agree with you 100%, but just out of curiosity, why?
     
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    Bump for why using a 2nd PSU is retarded... :x:
     
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    Where do you plan on mounting this second PSU?
     
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    Bottom of the case... not really mounted... Sitting there.
     
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    Umm yeah have fun when it burns up without proper mounting and airflow going through it.
     
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    I see your logic.... Outside of the case on my desk?
     
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    Dude it would be a jerry rig. Jerry rigs are always bad. You will have enough power to use it with the PSU you have already so I dont see why you keep persuing this. Even if you do lack the power dont be a cheapass and invest in a decent PSU that will run everything. :hsugh:
     
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    Yeah, this would be until I could get a replacement... And I have a fascination with frankenputers and I was curious of why it would be a bad idea.

    Thanks for the info.
     
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    Electronics of all sorts hate inconsistent power.
     
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    Three words: Ground Voltage Differential.

    You better hope that the two power supplies "agree" on what zero volts is, or you're going to have excess current flowing through your new graphics card, into your motherboard, and out through the motherboard's power connector. If it gets bad enough, it will kill stuff.
     

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